Around 1,800 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers endorsed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Central Visayas received an emergency subsidy of the Social Amelioration Program from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Around 50 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers endorsed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) claim their emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program from DSWD through offsite payout at LTFRB-7 Regional Office in Robinson’s Galleria, Cebu City last August 25, 2020

These were drivers whose families were eligible based on the guidelines set for the Social Amelioration Program but have not yet claimed assistance from any government agencies and have not been included in the first tranche and waitlisted of the SAP.

DSWD-7 Assistant Director for Operations, Shalaine Marie Lucero said that all PUV drivers endorsed by LTFRB have undergone a deduplication process to get a clean list for assessment and verification on the field for their eligibility.

These PUV drivers were certified by LTFRB whether they were transport network vehicle service (TNVS), taxi, jeepney and tricycle drivers that have associations or cooperatives.

DSWD coordinated with LTFRB on the findings and issues encountered such as drivers were not found in the area, already part of the Pantawid Pamilya, first tranche, and waitlisted, as well as those ineligible and have already received assistance from different NGA.

Those reported lists of unlocated drivers in the area and those who have no data from LGUs will be sent back to LTFRB for them to be traced by the agency.

Lucero said that there might be additional drivers to receive the emergency subsidy of SAP if they are traced and found-out to be eligible for the program.

Meanwhile, DSWD had a memorandum of agreement with LTFRB and financial service provider — GCash to bring the aide digitally for those 1,710 PUV drivers with mobile number while those 95 drivers who were not included in the FSP received their assistance through direct payout by DSWD.

Eligible PUV drivers in Cebu endorsed by LTFRB received 12,000 pesos for their family while those drivers in Bohol and Negros Oriental claimed 6,000 pesos. ###

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